Sep 14 2021
Job Description



Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes.  Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (UHH), Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes (CSAV), located in Hilo, Hawai‘i.  Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. 


MONTHLY SALARY:  Salary commensurate with qualifications. 


DUTIES:  Collects, reduces, and logs sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission rate data from summit and rift degassing sources using both vehicle-transported and stationary ultraviolet (UV) spectroscopy and enters data into the United States Geological Survey (USGS) VALVE Database. Operates field vehicles while transporting mobile monitoring instruments during data collection. Evaluates, processes, and interprets spectroscopic and gas geochemical data to determine quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) of field networks. Calibrates and troubleshoots sophisticated spectroscopic and electrochemical gas monitoring equipment. Maintains and troubleshoots field array instruments, which includes interscan SO2 and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) sensors, calibrates sensors, and services and maintains high resolution SO2 stations. Manages the inventory of gas monitoring equipment  and SO2 badges. Records and maintains data derived from gas exposure instrumentation. Organizes various gas and chemistry data into the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) file system and develops basic metadata to support files. Participates in campaign surveys and deployments of gas monitoring instrumentation in the field. Manipulates and reduces camera imagery from web cameras to document summit plume evolution through time.


PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Physics, Chemistry, or Earth Sciences or a related field  with coursework in at least two of the three disciplines listed.  EXPERIENCE:  One to three (1-3) years of experience working with gas spectroscopic monitoring instrumentation or with repair and maintenance of gas geochemistry monitoring arrays or similar equipment. (At least one (1) year of graduate coursework and laboratory/research training in a related field may substitute for one (1) year of experience).  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Knowledge of spectroscopic, electrochemical, or related instrumentation; and gas monitoring instrumentation including UV sensors for SO2 measurement.  Knowledge of basic electronics, electrical instruments, and electrical testing tools.  Knowledge of health and safety practices when working in volcanic gas-rich environments. Proficient in office software, graphics software, and database software. Must possess a valid driver’s license (and if use of personal vehicle on the job is required, must also have valid personal driver’s insurance equivalent to Hawai‘i’s No-Fault Driver’s Insurance) and maintain throughout the duration of employment. Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to complete USGS aviation and safety training within twelve (12) months from date of hire. Must complete respirator training prior to use of respirator. PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to work effectively at altitudes of up to 13,000 feet for periods of up to several days. Must be able to walk long distances over rough, irregular, and uneven terrain, around active lava flows and vents. Requires wear and use of respirator in compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements. Must be able to carry a pack which weighs up to forty (40) pounds. Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to pass a post offer medical evaluation/respiratory test for use of respirators. POLICY AND/OR REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS:  As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies and procedures and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i's and/or business entity's policies and procedures.  Violation of RCUH's, UH's, or business entity's policies and/or procedures or applicable State or Federal laws and/or regulations may lead to disciplinary action (including, but not limited to possible termination of employment, personal fines, civil and/or criminal penalties, etc.).  


SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS:  Prior experience working in rugged volcanic terrain and high elevations and familiarity with adverse environmental/field conditions and challenges while working in remote locations.


INQUIRIES:  Dr. Donald Thomas 895-6547 (Hawaii). 


Please apply directly on the RCUH website to be considered for the position.


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to www.rcuh.com and click on “Job Postings.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Supervisory References, 4) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawai‘i Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. All RCUH employees and positions are subject to the August 5, 2021 Emergency Proclamation requiring all State/RCUH employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or be subject to weekly testing for COVID-19.  All post-job offer/new hires will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated (e.g., their CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card) or a Negative COVID-19 Test result during the onboarding process.  Requests for a religious or medical accommodation from the COVID-19 vaccination will be handled on a post-job offer basis.  Individuals granted an accommodation will be subject to the weekly testing requirement. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to [email protected] If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-7262 or (808)956-0872. 


CLOSING DATE:  September 13, 2021 or until filled. Applications received after this deadline may be considered only if the position is not filled or up to the date a selection has been approved by the RCUH (whichever comes first). 


RCUH’s mission is to support and enhance research, development and training in Hawai‘i, with a focus on the University ofHawai‘i.


Equal Opportunities Employer – Minorities/Women/Disability/Veteran.